What Are the Medical Requirements For a Surrogate in Oklahoma?
Are you interested in the path of OK surrogacy? If you are wondering whether or not to become a gestational surrogate, you may have many questions as to what your journey would look like.
There are many moving parts when it comes to the surrogacy process and what the rules and requirements are like for you. The major part of your surrogacy journey relies on your physical wellbeing. That means even before the IVF process and before you can even be matched with your intended parents, you have to fill certain medical requirements to have a safe and healthy pregnancy.
Are You Interested in Becoming a Gestational Surrogate?
If you are from Oklahoma, you enjoy being pregnant and want to help a family grow or know of someone who has trouble conceiving, and you may be ready to take a life-changing step in becoming a surrogate mother.
If you are interested in surrogacy, it’s important to know the basics of what gestational surrogacy is beforehand. When you choose to become a surrogate mother, you are choosing to carry a child for an individual or couple who intend to become parents.
You become pregnant through in vitro fertilization. This is done when the intended mother’s (or donor) egg is fertilized in a lab with the intended father’s (or donor) sperm. This means you are not genetically related to the baby you carry, and that means you have no parental rights or claim to the child.
Why Should You Know About the Surrogacy Process?
As a surrogate mother, it is important for you to learn about the requirements you need beforehand and the surrogacy process to make sure you can consider whether this is the right path for you.
If you are prepared and know the surrogacy requirements and the process that follows, you can have an understanding of the expectations required from you. That’s why Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Oklahoma compiled a guide for you to understand what your medical requirements are. We want you to be confident going into this beautiful, complex, emotional, and rewarding decision.
What is the Surrogacy Process For Surrogate Mothers?
When deciding on becoming a surrogate mother, it’s important to know whether or not you want to work with a surrogacy agency. We help you to become matched with intended parents, alleviate any burden when it comes to legal matters, book necessary medical and physical appointments, and help coordinate with necessary officials.
Before getting started with IVF and pregnancy during your surrogacy process, you and your intended parents will be required to go through a variety of screening procedures. This is to make sure you are ready to become a surrogate mother, and the intended parents are ready to become parents once the baby is born.
Some of this screening includes, but is not limited to:
- Application process
- Physical examinations
- Background check
- Criminal record check
- Psychological evaluations
Before even the paperwork and examinations can be done, however, you have to meet certain requirements to be considered.
What Are the Medical Requirements for Surrogate Mothers?
Although these requirements may seem a lot and be intensive, they are in place to make sure everyone is safe throughout the process. All of this is done to ensure the baby’s wellbeing and ensure that they are taken care of.
If you are considering becoming a surrogate in Oklahoma, these are some of Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Oklahoma’s medical requirements:
- You must have a body mass index between 18 to 31.
- You must not have any new tattoos, piercings, or blood transfusions within the last year
- You must not have any mental health issues. This also includes not taking any medications that treat mental health issues such as depression, bipolar disorder, or others.
- You can not be on any medication that could be harmful to you or the baby during pregnancy.
- You must have had at least one healthy pregnancy previously without any complications. You can not have had postpartum depression after any previous births.
- You must be a non-smoker and live in a non-smoking home for at least one year before completing your application.
- You can not be alcohol dependent.
- You are healthy and can not have any sexually-transmitted diseases.
- You must be able to pass a physical examination.
Are You Ready to Be a Gestational Surrogate?
If you are ready to make an amazing, life-changing, rewarding decision, Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Oklahoma are here to help. We recognize that this is not an easy decision, and we value how selfless you are and your commitment to helping others.
We hope this guide has informed you more about the medical requirements you will face during your surrogacy journey. We hope to hear from you soon!
Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Oklahoma is a surrogacy and adoption agency, licensed by the state of Oklahoma and a leader in the community. We assist both intended parents and gestational carriers (surrogates). Our staff members are committed to providing an ethical, empowering, and personalized experience to all involved in the surrogacy process.
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Meet the Author: Katie Doherty is a junior Writing, Literature, and Publishing major at Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts. She loves to write, read, and edit, whether it’s technical or creative writing. Although she enjoys writing poetry, narrative nonfiction, and fiction writing, she also loves to write on current political events, cultural trends, and research. She spends her free time listening to music, watching the Great British Bake Off, and learning how to crochet.